December 4, 2008
Gossip Girl and 90210 got all the buzz, but in the summer of 2008, a very different teen show got the viewers: ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. The morality tale was miles away from the Upper East Side or Beverly Hills, both in terms of setting and attitude. In this show, a teenager who had sex for the first item got pregnant, and deals with the fallout with nary a text message nor designer handbag. And it still got higher ratings than its buzz-bait brethren could have dreamed of in their first seasons.